Saint Lucians have been urged not to panic over new activity at La Soufrière volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The activity prompted experts to raise the alert level to orange.
As a result, the government has urged residents living near a La Soufrière to prepare to evacuate if necessary.
“At present there is no need for anybody to panic,” says the Acting Director of Saint Lucia’s National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), Maria Medard.
Medard made the comments during Wednesday night’s edition of MBC Prime News.
She gave the assurance that NEMO is keeping an eye on developments at La Soufrière.
According to the NEMO official, the organisation will keep members of the public informed.
Officials in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday reported tremors, strong gas emissions, formation of a new volcanic dome and changes to La Soufrière’s crater lake.
Located near the northern tip of Saint Vincent, La Soufriere last erupted in 1979.
The Saint Vincent volcano is acting up at a time when new activity has also been observed at Mount Pelée in Martinique.
But volcanologists say activity at the two volcanoes is unrelated.
Martinique’s Mount Pelée is infamous for having erupted in 1902, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing some 30,000 people.